Alexander Kravchenko – Path to Poker Success
Alexander Kravchenko is one of the most successful poker players in the world and the first of Russia descents, who won the victory in the World Series of Poker tournament.
Path to success
Kravchenko was born on the 21st of April, 1971. Up to 25 Alexander lived in Arkhangelsk, and in 1996 he moved to Moscow and started his own business. Before his first acquaintance with the features of poker, he was a successful businessman and from time to time spent time in casino, playing blackjack. He began with studying theory from the books by Doyle Brunson and David Sklansky – this knowledge, together with the exceptional flexibility of mind enabled him to comprehend all the tricks of the game.
In late 1999, fortune smiled upon Alexander at Moscow international poker tournament, where he came third and won $ 4000. After this victory, Alexander became a finalist of 3 more international tournaments. Since 2000, his name became widely known at the poker sites. In 2001 he met with success in the Austrian Masters tournament and that was the beginning of the following prestigious victories.
In 2006 Alexander decided to make a name at the WSOP tournament and immediately found himself in the prize list (20th place with a gain of $ 10,660).
2007 was unprecedentedly successful for Alexander – he hit top 5 of the best players in the WSOP series. After the victory in the tournament Omaha High-Low, with the entrance fee of $ 1500 and the prize pool of $ 228 446, there was another victory – at the final table of the main tournament. Kravchenko came fourth and won a prize of $ 1 852 721. After that, he was at the final table of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament and that strengthened his credibility even more in the poker circles.
In 2007 Kravchenko was the Player of the Year and in the same period he became one of the PokerStars team, and his nickname was «Kravchenko». From 2007 to 2010 Kravchenko was in the top ten according to the WSOP.
Kravchenko prefers live tournaments, he is great at the art of bluffing and the ability to think several moves of his opponents ahead, his style of play is rather aggressive, and composure is characteristic of him. The amount of gains for his entire career offline exceeded $ 4 200 000. Almost all winnings were used to finance investment projects. Thanks to poker there appeared one more hobby in his life – traveling.
In the fall of 2014, Alexander Kravchenko broke up with PokerStars. Whatever his poker career will be in the future, he will always remain in the history as the discoverer of the Russian poker who won gold bracelet of WSOP.